The MTA announced that it will restore 21 bus lines that were cut two years ago, at a cost of $18 million. But the Q74 (also called the Vleigh Place Shuttle) won’t be one of them. It should be. The Q74, which ran from the Union Turnpike subway station to Queens College, was a valuable service for Queens College students and Kew Gardens Hills residents. The MTA doesn’t have enough funds to restore the Q74, but there’s an easy way to get the money for it and expand other mass transit service. Put tolls on the East River bridges.
If subway riders pay $2.50 to travel from Queens to Manhattan, then so should drivers. Motorists get a free ride while paying mass transit commuters outnumber them 10 to one. Drivers would also benefit from expanded mass transit with less traffic on bridges and roads. Our elected representatives — City Councilman James Gennaro, state Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. — must press to restore the Q74 and put tolls on East River bridges to expand mass transit. Voters will hold them accountable.